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May 1933 QST
Each month for many decades, a page or two in each issue of QST presented a feature of odds and ends called "Strays," as in stray signals. That is where you could often find bits of poetry, anecdotes about some Ham's experience while operating, and news about amateur radio related happenings. The May 1933 QST included "Ode to a New Rig," by Mrs. W8ETH (whoever W8ETH was), which title might have been inspired by Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn."
All day long he sits to figure
On what he'll have in his wireless jigger.
He'll have to buy, much to his sorrow,
He's getting so he hates to borrow.
He'd like his parts all of the best -
A little different from the rest
Of homemade junk around the town
That's every minute breaking down.
In feverish glee he scans each ad
And covers the pages of half a pad
With a list of expensive this and that
(I wonder - will I get an Easter hat?).
A 203-A he's going to buy
And a new transformer that'd knock your eye;
Condensers and whatnot are forthcoming, too,
This wonderful rig will be shiny and new.
My only fond wish is that everything perks
Or I'll put an axe in the whole blooming works!
- Mrs. W8ETH
Posted May 12, 2016